Gingery Carrot and Tomato Soup

by on January 8, 2014
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Gingery Carrot and Tomato Soup

Last week my husband came home with a 5-pound bag of organic carrots. “Kroger was out of the smaller bags,” he said. “So I thought you could make that carrot soup you’ve been talking about.” Me? Carrot soup? Clearly D has some other, carrot-loving wife he’s confusing me with because carrot soup is not something I spend much time talking about. You see–true confession–I’m a vegan who doesn’t really care for carrots.

Oh, I like them fine as a small component of some soup or stew. And I prefer them cooked to raw, though I can tolerate raw baby carrots if I load them down with enough hummus. I’m just not a big fan of concentrated carrot flavor, so no carrot juice or carrot soup for me. Or so I thought.

My over-crowded refrigerator convinced me otherwise. The gargantuan bag of carrots wouldn’t fit inside a vegetable drawer, so I had to clear out space for it smack dab in the middle of the fridge. I couldn’t get anything on that shelf in or out without moving the carrots, so very quickly I started trying to think of ways that I could get rid of them. And, of course, I came back around to the idea of carrot soup. I mean, did husband D really think I mentioned carrot soup, or was that his smooth way of asking for carrot soup? Maybe I should make carrot soup.

And so I started looking at carrot soup recipes and trying to imagine how all those carrots were going to taste. I looked at curried ones and gingery ones and one hummus-inspired one, but in the end, they all revolved around carrots. (Imagine that.) Finally, I spotted one that offered me an answer. It combined carrots with tomatoes. I love tomato soup, so I could imagine loving a carrot-tomato soup. And I did.

Sliced Carrots

I got out all my appliances for this recipe. I used a food processor to chop the garlic and ginger and to slice the carrots, making the prep time very short. And then I used my Vitamix to blend the soup and my spiralizer to make the garnish. I’m just lucky that long ago my husband agreed to always clean up if I cooked. He didn’t know what he was getting himself into! The clean-up may have been tedious, but we both loved the soup. The fire-roasted tomatoes cut the carrot flavor just enough for my taste without completely hiding it. Unfortunately, our teenager thought it was too gingery, so if you’re cooking for a picky child, consider replacing the ginger with cumin or Italian seasonings.


Gingery Carrot and Tomato Soup

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Enjoy!

Susan

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1 stacey hanley January 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Will cashews, or peanut butter work instead of tahini? just trying to cut down a little bit on the cost

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2 Susan Voisin January 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Yes, I think that either would work. Hope you enjoy it.

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3 Emma January 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Looks delicious! I happen to love carrots and probably eat them pretty much every day, raw, cut into sticks for dipping usually. My family joke that I’m turning orange :)
Great idea to use the food processor for quick prep.

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4 Susan Graham January 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Looks like a great recipe! I think there may be a mistake in the first instruction. Did you mean to add the onions to the pot as the first step rather than the carrots?

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5 Susan Voisin January 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Thanks! That’s exactly what I meant. I’ll make the change now.

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6 Rochelle January 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

How did you know I had too many carrots :)

You always seem to have the answer of “What’s for dinner?” :)

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7 Chana January 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Susan, if I fly you and your family in to NYC will you live here and cook for me every day?? All your creations are so beautiful and inspiring.
When’s your book coming out????
Best
Chana

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8 Julie January 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Susan,
Any way you can use measurements instead of one large onion and 4 cloves of garlic? My husband is taking over cooking duties and this kind of “measurement” drives his engineering mind crazy!

His complaint – and I do agree with him – is onions, garlic or other fruit or vegetable size varies so what I would consider large may be 2.5 cups while his large may be 1 cup.

While I know many recipes it doesn’t really matter but I thought I’d ask, especially for new cooks, it can cut down on the stress while learning.

Thanks,
Julie

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9 Tami@Nutmeg Notebook January 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Over the summer I had the best carrot ginger soup at a vegan restaurant and I never thought I’d enjoy a carrot based soup so much. Your recipe with tomatoes sounds wonderful!

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10 moonwatcher January 8, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Hi Susan,

This sounds divine! I am a lover of carrots, but I am also a lover of carrots and fire roasted tomatoes together. I usually put a small amount of carrot in my pasta sauce made with fire roasted tomatoes. I like the addition of a little tahini into this soup–I think that would go just right with the ginger, carrots and tomatoes. And I love the spiralized carrot on top!! Beautiful photos. xo

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11 Kate January 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I had boxed carrot/ginger soup last night! This looks WAY better, though.

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12 nicole January 9, 2014 at 7:08 am

Do you drain the can of tomatoes first? Also, could you roast your carrots first?

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13 Susan Voisin January 9, 2014 at 8:07 am

No, I use the tomatoes juice and all. I haven’t tried roasting the carrots, but I’m sure that would be good.

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14 Karen Faivre January 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

Don’t forget abut juicing – you can blow through a lot of carrots that way. And the Eat to Live cookbook has recipes that use carrot juice…

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15 Susan Voisin January 9, 2014 at 9:16 am

Thanks for the idea, but I really, REALLY hate carrot juice in any way, shape, or form. That’s one of the reason’s Dr. Fuhrman’s recipes don’t appeal to me.

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16 Victoria January 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I thought this would be good, but it’s way past good and well into the AMAZING spectrum. Thank you!!!!

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17 orthohawk January 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm

This sounds simply marvelous and it just so happens the store down the street had a huge sale on organic carrots this week. I’m assuming it’s OK to use a stick blender instead? I don’t have a Vitamix (and due to the price probably won’t anytime soon) plus my lazy side has an extreme aversion to dirtying more dishes than is absolutely necessary ;).

I wonder how this would taste with a can of coconut milk in it? Yes, I know that would defeat the “fat free” part of your blog ;), but I do a curried carrot and red lentil soup with coconut milk and it’s heavenly, even if my curry hating friends say it tastes like feet…..feh what do they know!

One more note for all the Kindle users out there: If you copy the recipe in a Word document, you can send it to your “kindle address” that you got from, er, “the company” and it will download onto your kindle in the proper format (no pics though, drat). I have nice little FFV “cookbook” on my machine now.

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18 Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse January 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Hi! I’m a first time commenter and I recently started subscribing to your blog (it was suggested by BlogLovin). I love love love this soup! I have a bag of carrots sitting in my fridge untouched, but lately all I’ve been craving is cooked, hot food and raw carrots just don’t seem appealing to me right now. This soup looks amazing and I’m totally going to steal that little carrot garnish trick for my photos =P

Just wondering why you don’t add the tahini until the end? Does cooking tahini do something funny to it?

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19 Rebecca January 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Hi Susan,

Do you remember however many weeks ago on FB when you asked what people were having for dinner that night? Someone mentioned a soup she had made. . . and I swear, I really think it was a curried ginger carrot soup. I remember a few of us commented on it, saying that sounded great (I even think *you* did!). . . and unless I really have lost my mind, I think I may have asked you to recreate that reader’s soup for us. I have to wonder if you had mentioned that reader’s comment/soup to your husband. . . and maybe it’s YOU who’s nuts – not us! ;) Either way, though, I can’t wait to make this! Your soups are in a constant daily rotation for my dinners (I, too, prefer one-pot cooking that gets all my high nutrient foods in one easy bowl)!

-x-

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20 Susan Voisin January 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Ha! Rebecca, you are probably right! These days I can hardly remember my name, so I probably mentioned your request for a carrot ginger soup to my husband. That would explain a lot. Thanks for solving the mystery (though not the mystery of my missing memory)!

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21 Rebecca January 12, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Ha! Happy to help ;)

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22 Werner January 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Didn’t like carrot juice back in the 70s and still don’t – and not really a huge tomato soup fan, either. But…this soup is delectable! Complex taste, luscious texture, so filling yet low-cal. Perfect balance of savory/sweet seems so “foodie”. Served with a dollop of homemade soy yogurt (forced into my own resources since the Whole Soy & Co. hiatus). Absolutely wonderful, a family favorite. Thanks!

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23 Kathy G January 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Susan,

This looks and sounds good! I do love carrots and tomatoes so I imagine this to be a good combination.

One question though, what did you do with the other 3 1/2 pounds of carrots?!

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24 Susan Voisin January 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Ha! They’re still in the fridge! Let me know if you have any suggestions for what I can make with them. :-)

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25 orthohawk January 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm

How about a couple more batches of this soup! I made it today and it is truly dee-vine! My stick blender left it a bit too “gritty” so I ended up running it thru the blender anyway; I used the saucepan I cooked up the veggie broth out of the carrot, onion, and garlic scraps from prep. Plus I went a little overboard on the cayenne (used half a tsp instead of a quarter) but I like spicy food, so it turned out OK. Another “go-to” soup for my collection!

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26 Sunshine January 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Could you do this in the electric pressure cooker? I have a Fagor that also has the slow cook function that may work well for letting it simmer longer. I think I shall try it and report back.

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27 Corrin Radd January 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Made this today. Yummy.

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28 Brenda January 14, 2014 at 11:45 am

What a tasty soup! I’m not crazy about carrots, either, but based on your blog, I decided to give it a try. I’m an certainly glad I did. This was very good!

I’ll be cooking this one again!

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29 Debbi January 15, 2014 at 3:11 am

I love tomato soup, but not so sure about the ginger. Will give it a go though. Nothing gained and all that :)

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30 devyani January 16, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Have you tried vegan gajar (carrot) kaa halwa?

YUMM to eat in winter. Best use of carrots ever.

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31 Julie January 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

Mmmmm. Perfect winter soup. Usually I juice carrots when I buy them in abundance, but this is a great tip. Tasty idea Susan!

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32 Lisa January 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I made this recipe over the weekend. I decided to add a bit of light coconut milk and some leftover cooked sweet potato. Enjoyed it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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33 Amanda January 31, 2014 at 6:29 am

Hi Susan!
Wondering what you think about substituting low fat pb for the tahini, and/or omitting it altogether (for allergy reasons)?
Thanks!

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34 Susan Voisin January 31, 2014 at 8:21 am

I think peanut butter would give it a great flavor. Good idea!

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35 Marion February 25, 2014 at 10:57 pm

I just made this. I added 3 cups of broth, and 28oz of diced tomatoes, and 1 tsp of ground pepper. I didn’t add the tahini though as I didn’t want to purchase it for 1tsp. However! this is the best thing that I’ve ever made. EVER. To quicken the cooking process I grated the carrots before adding it in as I used my Kenwood immersion blender. It worked really well. The recipe made about 7.5 cups.

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36 Mary February 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

lucky me–I just found your site! :D I suppose it would be alright to just juice the carrots (vs. chop/cook) and add the tomatoes, sauteed garlic/onion after? It would save my lazy bones some of the prep time ;) I wonder if adding in a can of cannellini beans would taste good too, though I do like tahini. great ideas :) thanks

PS I have yet to find ‘smoked’ paprika, is it actually labeled smoked? Will it make a diff if I just use regular?

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